DeChambeau shrugs off closing triple; four back


AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 22-year-old unorthodox amateur had most of the golf world in awe Friday at Augusta National. But, sadly, at the last possible moment, most of the glory was lost when Bryson DeChambeau made a nasty triple bogey-7 on the last hole while playing alongside Jordan Spieth.

DeChambeau played better than Spieth for most of the day and pulled within a shot of the lead with a hole remaining. He birdied Nos. 7, 9, 11, 12 and 15 to wow the patrons and his playing partners, and recorded a world-class up and down on the 17th hole to stand on the 18th tee with a chance to play in Saturday’s final pairing.

Then things got wild.

DeChambeau blew his tee shot left at 18 and opted to take an unplayable lie. His next tee shot was further left and ended up near a concession stand. He got a free drop into an open area left of the concession stand, hit his next shot short of the green and failed to get up and down.

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The result was a triple bogey, which dropped him into a tie for eighth place at even par after consecutive rounds of 72.

“It’s just a golf shot,” DeChambeau said. “People think, ‘Oh my gosh, he was nervous.’ No, I wasn’t nervous. I pulled two shots.

“I’m loving it out here. It’s a great experience. I’m learning a lot from it. There’s nothing bad I can take away from today.”

Asked what he thought when he saw his name alongside Spieth and McIlroy, the answer was quick, and simple.

“I belong,” DeChambeau said.